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New £3.5 million underground reservoir for Whitby

Water supplies in Whitby will be secured for future generations when work on a large new service reservoir begins this week (beginning 6 February).

We are replacing an underground service reservoir, which is located off Castle Road near to Sneaton Castle, with a larger one that will cope with predicted population growth.

We currently operate dozens of these reservoirs across the region - though it’s unlikely customers will have seen many of them as most are buried underground.  Varying in size, these underground tanks are used to store treated drinking water before it's fed through to customers’ taps. Many have been in operation between 25 and 100 years and whilst they are regularly maintained, this investment will enable us to also improve the quality of water Whitby customers' receive.

Three of these service reservoirs are located at the Castle Road site. The one that will be replaced is over one hundred years old and was built in 1910.

Engineering specialists Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) have been engaged to carry out the project and their first job will involve demolishing the existing reservoir to make space for the new one.

When complete in summer 2018 the reservoir will store 6 million litres of quality treated water. To put this into perspective, an Olympic size swimming pool holds 2.5 million litres of water.

Project Manager, Dave Ellis, said, “We’re committed to providing our customers with some of the best drinking water in the world. This investment should ensure that our customers in Whitby continue to receive a secure supply and excellent water quality for another 80 years.”

“For eight weeks from 6 February, temporary traffic lights will be in place on Castle Road whilst we demolish the existing reservoir's retaining wall and set up access to the site. All the site traffic will travel from the West, via the B1460, to avoid travelling through Whitby and a temporary speed limit of 40mph will be placed on Castle Road to allow vehicles to enter and exit the site safely. We’re sorry for any disruption the work and temporary speed restriction may cause.”

Neither Yorkshire Water or MMB employees will need access to residents' properties and residents are being asked to be on their guard against bogus callers. Genuine employees carry identity cards and won't mind waiting while their credentials are verified.

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